Do you have a name or political slogan you are not using? It might come a bit handy in this situation or better still, someone might need it soon. As politicians are putting up turbo-charged personalities ahead of the 2019 elections, two governorship aspirants in Oyo State, Professor Olusoji Adejumo and Dr. Morohunkola Thomas have adopted the same name; “Opomulero” as the signature for their campaign. Interestingly, both Adejumo, a professor of Animal Psychology and Thomas, a lawyer are from the same party, the All Progressives Congress.
While some have said Adejumo used the Opomulero name first, having used it in his governorship declaration in May 2014, there is a notion in other places that there is no written rule that says the name cannot be hijacked. After all, even political party structures can be hijacked.
What makes it more interesting is that the two political namesakes are experienced and they both know that before they put their campaigns in gear, one has to take the name. Adejumo has been around even before the days of the bothched Third Republic when he was prevailed upon to step down for Rashidi Ladoja who became Senator then. He would later serve as SUBEB Chairman in the Alao-Akala administration, the same administration in which Thomas served as Director of Media and Strategy.
This has set up a number of questions. People are already asking “who is the real Opomulero?” Others are wondering who will mediate if the Opomulero thing eventually snowballs into a personality clash between the two men.
Meanwhile, some APC members have said the real Opomulero is the person that will fly the party’s flag at the governorship election. By the way, “Opomulero” means the pillar that holds the house or simply put the frame that prevents the house from falling.